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Panauti Bhadrakali Temple In Nepal – Panauti Jatra

Panauti Bhadrakali temple is located west of the Tribeni Ghats at Panauti in Nepal. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali and the date of origin of the shrine is unknown. During the annual Panauti Jatra, the murti of the Goddess is brought down to the ground floor. This is a four-story structure. The temple is famous for its woodwork.

The main murti of Goddess Bhadrakali is worshipped on the fourth floor.

The temples of the Ashta Matrikas look like houses and are known as dyo che. Toranas, carved wooden brackets, and gajurs found in temples distinguishes dyo che from houses.

Panauti Jatra Facts

  • Panauti Jatra is a nine day festival.
  • The bringing down of the murti of Goddess Bhadrakali from the fourth floor to the ground floor is known as dya kwo bijayegu – to bring down the goddess.
  • Goat, chicken and alcohol are offered to the Goddess.
  • Ceremonial bathing ceremony of Goddess is held on the fourth day. She presented with new ornaments.
  • On the evening of the fourth day, the Goddess moves around the on a chariot and is accompanied by Indreshwar Mahadev, Unmatta Bhairava and Brahmayani – these are deities worshipped in three other temples in Panauti.
  • A unique ritual is held on the sixth day of the festival. The chariot carrying Goddess is intentionally bumped three times against the chariot carrying the murti of Unmatta Bhairava. It symbolically enacts the divine union of Goddess Bhadrakali and Unmatta Bhairava.
  • The Goddess returns back to the fourth floor of the temple on the ninth day of the festival.